EAS502 Ecodesign

Code EAS502
Name Ecodesign
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Environmental Engineering and Management
Faculty Department of Environment and Energy Systems
Academic staff Gatis Bažbauers, Francesco Romagnoli, Jūlija Gušča
Credit points 4.0 (6.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The aim of the study course is to introduce with life cycle approach and thinking in the process of product design and main principles of ecodesign. Guidelines of ecodesign which allow to consider and reduce the factors of environmental impact arising during life cycle of products are reviewed in the course. Qualitative and quantitative methods for estimation of environmental impact created by product systems as well as comparison and estimation of environmental performance caused by various design solutions of the products are taught..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
During the course students will learn application of methods for determination of environmental impact of product systems and the main principles of ecodesign which will allow them to perform practical analysis of various product design solutions by considering critical parameters of environmental impact during the whole life cycle and work out suggestions for improvement of environmental performance of the products. In conclusion, students will be able to formulate recommendations.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
To be able to define ecodesign tasks and choose appropriate strategies. - Examination: Practical works, course work, exam. Assessment criteria: is able to analyse product, evaluate accordance to ecodesign guidelines; is able to create ecodesign ideas.
To be able to evaluate products accordance to ecolabel criteria and provisions of law. - Examination: Practical works, course work. Assessment criteria: is able to determine products compliance with the law and criteria for awarding an ecolabel.
To be able to use ecodesign tools. - Examination: Practical works, course work. Assessment criteria: is able, using different ecodesign tools, formulate recommendations and determine optimization tasks.
To be seized of quantitative and qualitative methods for environmental impact assessment. - Examination: Practical works, course work, exam. Assessment criteria: is able, using MET matrix and Ecoindicator method, analyse environmental impact of product, is able to accomplish comparison.
To be able to come forward with ecodesign ideas and specify areas for improvements. - Examination: Practical works, course work, exam. Assessment criteria: is able, using knowledge obtained during the course, carry out the product ecodesign.
Course prerequisites Ecology and environmental protection

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